WASHINGTON-October 1993 shipments of passenger and light truck tires to the U.S. replacement market sagged when compared to the 1992 month, making 10-month totals for the two years virtually even, according to data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. By contrast, shipments of replacement commercial-type tires grew, keeping year-to-date totals ahead of 1992 levels.
For the month, replacement passenger tire shipments slid 3.9 percent to 14.8 million units, putting the 10-month total within 0.1 percent of 1992's at 139.3 million units.
The RMA's Tire Market Analysis Committee has projected that total 1993 passenger tire shipments to the aftermarket will reach 165.2 million units, down slightly from the record 165.8 million units shipped in 1992.
In the commercial tire categories, shipments of replacement truck and bus tires (not including light truck), rose 5 percent for the month to 1.05 million units, while shipments of tractor and implement tires climbed 17.2 percent to 220,000 units, and those of industrial and utility tires leaped 30.8 percent to 291,000 units.